If my dear sweet Mother couldn't follow a schedule, I hate to think of what might happen. While her dog was at the groomer's today, Mother automatically opened a can of dog food at 2:00 and put it down for Sugar to eat.
Sugar is AT the groomer's but she normally eats at 2:00pm PROMPTLY every day. Evidentially whether she's here or not. Would you say that is following the schedule to a T? (Does this help you understand my rebellious nature growing up a little better?)
Mother's still sharp and bright and maintains her sarcastic wit so she's not losing her mind or anything. She just always sticks to her self-imposed schedule that's even more strict as she gets older. Maybe it helps her try to keep control of her life a little easier this way.